Fear is often encountered as the emotion that stops us from doing something. Greed is the emotion that can motivate us to try very hard to get something. But often what we see or interpret as greed is actually a manifestation of fear. Fear of missing out, fear of not fulfilling one’s potential, fear of not meeting the expectations of others, fear of not having enough (or being seen to have enough) can all manifest as greed. But even after we accumulate enough, then greed (or the fear of losing some of the enough) drives us to accumulate more just in case the enough isn’t really enough. It is impossible to be happy or content with a life driven by fear and greed. Only when then we become mindful of these emotions and how they can influence our actions, can we begin to escape the grip of fear and greed on our lives.
Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear. – Cyril Connolly